Salmonella Cases May be Tied to Peanut Butter

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ATLANTA (AP) - Alabama is among the 39 states where nearly 300
cases of salmonella have been reported, prompting a recall of peanut butter.

The Food and Drug Administration says the outbreak began last summer and was just recently traced to peanut butter made at a single ConAgra plant in Sylvester, Georgia. The spread being recalled was sold under the Peter Pan and Great Value brands.

The only jars affected have a product code beginning with the number "2111" on the lid.

It's believed to be the first salmonella outbreak associated with peanut butter in US history.

Some of the other states according to the CDC included are Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Federal health officials say about 20 percent of those infected had to be hospitalized. All survived.

The largest number of cases were reported in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri.

Authorities still don't know how the salmonella got into the peanut butter.

The FDA that Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected.

To get a refund, consumers should send lids and their names and addresses to ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 57078, Irvine, CA 92619-7078.
For more information, call 866-344-6970.
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